1 Gone are the days of wretchedness and sin,
Gone are the days of conflicts fierce within,
Gone far away, no more my soul to know:
My Savior’s blood my heart is keeping white as snow.
I’m happy, I’m happy,
For with Jesus now I live,
And constant peace, and joy, and comfort He doth give.
2 Gone are the days a Savior’s love I spurned,
Gone are the times from Calv’ry’s scene I turned;
Gone, to be brought against me nevermore!
My Savior’s blood has bought my pardon—safe and sure. [Refrain]
3 Come are the joys of a heart in blood washed white;
Come is the peace of a conscience pure and right;
Come to my heart, there ever to remain,
“For me to live is Christ” henceforth, and “Death is gain!” [Refrain]
Songs and Music [Salvation Army], 1922 (Timeless Truths)
Herbert Henry Howard Booth (26 August 1862 – 25 September 1926) was the third son of William and Catherine Booth. He oversaw the Limelight Department's development and he was the writer and director for Soldiers of the Cross.
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Stephen Foster published this tune in 1853 with the following lyrics, entitled "Old Black Joe"; the hymn texts set to it are parodies of the parlor song:
Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay;
Gone are my friends from the cottonfields away;
Gone from the earth to a better land I know,…
Display Title: Gone Are the DaysFirst Line: Gone are the days of wretchedness and sinTune Title: GONE FROM MY HEARTAuthor: Herbert H. BoothMeter: 10.10.10.12 RScripture: Romans 8:1-2; Philippians 1:21Source: The Salvation Army, Songs and Music, 1922 (182); Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Gone_Are_the_Days)